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Mechatronics AAS-T Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 7 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.

 

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary subject combining mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. This makes it applicable to a wide range of growing industries, including automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and transportation systems, instrumentation and process control, and supply chain and logistics equipment.

Clover Park Technical College’s AAS-T Mechatronics degree provides the foundational skills needed to succeed in this exciting field. The program begins with courses that establish a solid base of technical skills and an understanding of modern quality principles. Subsequent courses then build expertise in electrical systems, electronics (analog and digital), programmable logic controllers, mechanical systems, sensors and actuators, pneumatics and hydraulics, and robotics.

Students pursuing an AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone-project, diversity and computer-literacy requirements.

On completion, students will be well-qualified for employment as technicians in any one of the industries listed above.

Prerequisites

To enter the program, a student must be eligible to take college-level English and college-level psychology or another social science or humanities course.

This program assumes that students will be able to enroll in, or will have passed, MATH& 141 by the start of the second quarter of the program. Any developmental coursework that a student may be required to take to achieve this may increase the program length and is not reflected in credit counts as shown below. Math sequences to meet this requirement must be planned with your advisor prior to program enrollment.

Students must be at least 17½ years of age at the start of the program. 

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
FSME 101Workshop Safety3
FSME 111Quality Principles, Inspection and Test5
FSME 112Fabrication Fundamentals I5
FSME 113Fabrication Fundamentals II5
MATH& 141Precalculus I5
PHYS& 114General Physics I w/Lab5
MEC 115DC Circuits5
MEC 116AC Circuits5
MEC 120Computer Aided Design I5
MEC 121Computer Aided Design II5
MEC 125Hydraulics and Pneumatics5
MEC 130Electric Motors and Drives5
MEC 135Digital Electronics and Networks5
MEC 140CLComputer Programming and Logic5
MEC 150Mechanical Systems5
MEC 160Programmable Controls I5
MEC 170Sensors and Actuators5
MEC 290CAPMechatronics Capstone Project5
Mechatronics Technical Electives10
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology5
 Technical Credits108

Workshop Safety

Item #
FSME 101
Total Credits
3

Covers occupational safety and health for workers in manufacturing and engineering workshop environments.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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Quality Principles, Inspection and Test

Item #
FSME 111
Total Credits
5

Provides students with a foundational set of measurement, data analysis, and documentation skills. Teaches students how to interpret manufacturing drawings and schematics, how to take measurements and analyze data, and introduces quality principles and terminology used in industry.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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Fabrication Fundamentals I

Item #
FSME 112
Total Credits
5

Teaches students the basic workshop skills needed to fabricate parts and structures. Also introduces students to the properties of common materials used in manufacturing and engineering.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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Fabrication Fundamentals II

Item #
FSME 113
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to more advanced manufacturing and engineering fabrication techniques, including welding, the use of machine tools, composites, and electrical wiring.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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Precalculus I

Item #
MATH& 141
Total Credits
5

Covers linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, and inverse functions and equations; composite functions, linear and quadratic inequalities, graphs of functions, relations, and inequalities; and graphic transformations. Introduces limits, linear and quadratic curve fitting, and mathematical modeling including exponential growth and decay. Graphing calculator required. 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS placement score (algebra 76 or above or, college algebra 48 or above) or successful completion of MAT 099.
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General Physics I w/Lab

Item #
PHYS& 114
Total Credits
5

Covers problem-solving concepts in physics including one- and two-dimensional kinematics, force, Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, universal gravitation, work, energy, linear momentum, rotational motion and angular momentum in an algebra-based approach. 

Prerequisites
MAT 099.
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DC Circuits

Item #
MEC 115
Total Credits
5

Covers DC electrical terms, equations and theory. Presents techniques used for solving problems involving resistance, voltage, and current in circuits. Presents fundamental laws and relationships applied to the analysis of circuits, including capacitors and/or inductors. Basic circuit fabrication techniques and standard instrumentation used in test and measurement of DC circuits will also be covered.

Prerequisites
FSME 113, PHYS& 114, MATH& 141.
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AC Circuits

Item #
MEC 116
Total Credits
5

Covers AC circuit analysis. Network theorems are applied to the solution of AC circuits. Resonance, filters, AC power and three-phase circuits are covered in detail. Introduces standard instrumentation used in testing AC circuits and measurement of AC circuits and systems. Discusses wiring techniques for AC power systems.

Prerequisites
MEC 115.
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Computer Aided Design I

Item #
MEC 120
Total Credits
5

Introduces the use of parametric computer-aided design (CAD) software to design parts working from engineering sketches and/or prototypes.

Prerequisites
FSME 113.
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Computer Aided Design II

Item #
MEC 121
Total Credits
5

Covers the use of 3D parametric computer-aided Design (CAD) software to create individual parts and mated assemblies working from engineering sketches and/or prototypes.

Prerequisites
MEC 120.
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Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Item #
MEC 125
Total Credits
5

Provides students with an understanding of design, installation, maintenance and repair techniques for the hydraulic and pneumatic systems used in automated systems.

Prerequisites
FSME 113, PHYS& 114, MATH& 141.
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Electric Motors and Drives

Item #
MEC 130
Total Credits
5

Gives a broad perspective of DC motors, AC motors (both single and three-phase), and variable speed drives. Industrial applications of variable speed drives for constant torque, constant horsepower, and variable torque/variable horsepower are covered. Stepper Motors and Servo Motors are discussed along with their advantages and applications.

Prerequisites
MEC 115.
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Digital Electronics and Networks

Item #
MEC 135
Total Credits
5

Introduces logic fundamentals, numbering systems, codes, gates, truth tables, basic Boolean theorems and combination logic circuits. Also introduces the elements used to create TCP/IP-based industrial networks, including switches, routers and firewalls. The course will include network troubleshooting and the use of network diagnostic tools.

Prerequisites
MEC 115.
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Computer Programming and Logic

Item #
MEC 140CL
Total Credits
5

Introduces computer programming and problem solving. Topics include language syntax, data types, program organization, algorithm design and logic control structures. Also covers program design techniques such as flowcharts and the use of pseudocode.

Prerequisites
MATH& 141.
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Mechanical Systems

Item #
MEC 150
Total Credits
5

Develops an understanding of mechanical components used in typical mechatronic systems, such as positioning mechanisms, cranks and sliders, and belts and pulleys. Includes fabrication, test and troubleshooting of prototype devices.

Prerequisites
FSME 113, PHYS& 114, MATH& 141.
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Programmable Controls I

Item #
MEC 160
Total Credits
5

Covers programmable logic controller (PLC) architecture, configuration, and programming. Teaches students what PLCs do and where they are used. Introduces the Relay Ladder Diagram (RLD) programming language. Students will write and test PLC RLD programs and create a PLC system using digital and analog I/O simulators.

Prerequisites
MEC 140.
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Sensors and Actuators

Item #
MEC 170
Total Credits
5

Students will develop an understanding of how actuators and sensors are chosen for and used in automated systems. Students will demonstrate understanding by integrating actuators and sensors into prototype equipment.

Prerequisites
MEC 115 and MEC 125.
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Mechatronics Capstone Project

Item #
MEC 290CAP
Total Credits
5

A required capstone project to be completed prior to graduation as a final check of competency. Students meet in person with an instructor and agree to a project that will apply the skills and competencies that students have acquired in the program, and that will result in a portfolio piece showcasing their abilities. Students must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by both the instructor supervising the capstone project and the student. This course is to be taken the final quarter of the program.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission.
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Mechatronics Technical Electives

Total Credits
10
Students must take 10 or more credits from the following course. Other related courses may be approved by faculty.
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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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General Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 100DIV
Total Credits
5

Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.

 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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